If you’re going away this summer, it might be a good idea to brush up on some hair care tips to ensure that your hair stays looking – and feeling – healthy, even when you’re exposed to intense heat, sun and wind! Luckily, you’re in the hands of a team of dedicated hair gurus, who are willing to share their top tips on how to keep hair healthy on holiday. So, don’t forget to read this before you jet off!
5 Tips on how to keep hair healthy on holiday
Tip #1: Opt for a protective hairstyle
Never heard of a protective hairstyle? Let us introduce you to them. Essentially, they’re styles which need very little maintenance, and which keep your ends safely tucked in, causing less damage. One of our favourite protective hairstyles for summer is, of course, boxer braids! They’re protective because they last for days (yes, really!).
If you braid your hair neatly to start with, and spritz your mane with a strong-hold hairspray – like the VO5 Classic Styling Strong Hold Hairspray (£3.29*) – you’ll easily be able to get a good few days’ wear out of your braids. This means you’ll need to brush your mane less and you won’t need to look to the hair straighteners to banish any pesky frizz caused by the humidity, both of which can cause damage to delicate tresses.
Tip #2: Use a leave-in conditioner
If you’re travelling abroad to a hot, humid destination, your strands may become parched, and when hair becomes dry and brittle, it has a tendency to break (sobs). Try using a leave-in conditioner to help keep your mane nourished and hydrated. Pop a tube of the Toni&Guy Prep Leave-In Conditioner (£6.99*) into your beach bag, so you can apply it on-the-go and/or when your hair needs it most (i.e. after a swim).
Tip #3: Rinse your hair post swim
Exposure to salt water and chlorine takes its toll on your strands. So every time you swim in the sea or take a dip in the pool, remember to shower afterwards to quickly rinse your hair. This will help get rid of some of the salt, which can have a drying effect on your tresses. If there are no shower facilities nearby, don’t fret: a quick rinse with bottled water is fine, too.
Tip #4: Cover up
The best way to keep your hair healthy-looking is to wrap your mane in a scarf, or to cover up with a big, floppy hat. In fact, the best thing you can do to protect your hair from the elements is by wearing some head protection during the hottest times of the day (usually between 11-3pm). After this period has passed, you can let your hair down and use a leave-in conditioner for extra protection.
Tip #5: Try a hot oil treatment
We know, we go on about it all the time, but hot oil treatments are a brilliant way to keep your locks in tip-top condition throughout your exotic vacay by helping to lock in moisture and protect the vibrancy of coloured hair.
VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oils (£4.28*) are not only practical and easy to use (they come in individual 15ml tubes!), but they can help to remove 75% more chlorine than shampooing alone. So if you’re a pool-addict, don’t forget to pack these in your suitcase every time you travel.
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